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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctics iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. Actively explore Icelands Westfjord region: hike through valleys awash in wild orchids, mountain aven, wild thyme, and woolly willow; make your way over layers of basalt visibly cracked and carved in the last ice age; feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Ice permitting, venture into the largest fjord system in the world to cruise among magnificent icebergs and visit the welcoming communities where people live close to their ancestral traditions. Follow in the wake of the 10th-century Viking explorers learning of their bold, history-making expeditions.

Be a Viking for awhile
Learn the captivating history of Viking exploration while sailing the routes of legendary figures like Erik the Redwho set out from Flatey Island in the year 982 A.D. bound for Greenland. Learn about the original Inuit who descended into Greenland from the northwest, and experience modern Greenlands culture that is a mix of Scandinavian influences and ancestral traditions. Meet the friendly and welcoming people of the north amid the spectacular beauty of the ice.

Rely on our ice & wildlife expertise
In east Greenland well trace the ice edge relying on our decades of experience to tell us where wildlife will be most active on the pack ice. Well search for polar bears and see sealswhich have played such a key role in the life of the Inuit. And we might spot arctic foxes, and white-tailed eagles, among the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland. Based on our recent years in the ever-changing region, well also search for humpback whales, plus fulmars, kittiwakes, and terns.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, four veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for this fascinating region is the key to your extraordinary experience.

19 September, 2020 to 01 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland, departing on 19 September, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 8925 GBP pp
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 2 £ 9179 GBP pp
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 3 £ 11185 GBP pp
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4 £ 12309 GBP pp
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 5 £ 13665 GBP pp
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Suite A Solo £ 13979 GBP pp
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite A £ 13979 GBP pp
Category A Solo: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite B £ 15385 GBP pp
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Suite B Solo £ 15385 GBP pp
Category B Solo: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft.
Category 6 £ 15665 GBP pp
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7 £ 17385 GBP pp
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.
Category 1 Solo £ 17845 GBP pp
Category 1: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft.
Category 2 Solo £ 18355 GBP pp
Category 2: Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft.
Category 3 Solo £ 22365 GBP pp
Category 3: Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 4 Solo £ 24615 GBP pp
Category 4: Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft.
Category 5 Solo £ 27325 GBP pp
Category 5: Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft.
Category 6 Solo £ 31325 GBP pp
Category 6: Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft.
Category 7 Solo £ 34775 GBP pp
Category 7: Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft.

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland itinerary:

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DAY 1: Reykjavik, Iceland/Embark
Make your way to Reykjavik. Embark National Geographic Orion. (Aug. 6: L,D)
DAY 3: Latrabjarg & Flatey Island, Iceland
National Geographic Orion navigates Icelands wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Stop at charming Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the picturesque 19th-century little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. There is deep history here. Flatey lies in the fjord from which Erik the Red sailed westwards in the year 982 A.D. (and eventually settled in southwest Greenland). (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Exploring the Westfjords
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Youll have a choice of activities in the Westfords region, and the option to join the naturalist whose interests mirror yours. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Crossing the Denmark Strait
The body of water that separates Iceland from Greenland is the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current, passing through the Strait, carries the ice south into the North Atlantic. For most of us this will be our first time visiting Greenland, and well have an overview of what to expect for our first landing. Excitement mounts as we steam closer to the edge of the pack-ice. Much of our day is spent alternating between attending presentations in the lounge and time on deck or on the bridge, spotting wildlife. Seabirdsfulmars, kittiwakes, and ternsare common targets for cameras and binoculars, and we may see seals and humpback whales. (B,L,D)
DAYS 6-9: Scoresbysund, Greenland/At Sea
The Greenland ice sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic ice sheet. Our quest today, weather and ice permitting, is to enter the mouth of Scoresbysund (the planets largest and longest fjord system), or well continue further south to the dramatic east Greenland coast. The region is marked by mountains that rise straight out of the sea, glistening tidewater glaciers and is also a major area to capture the ice calving off from the east side of the Greenland ice cap. Depending on conditions, well use our tools for exploration to the fullest, hiking and taking Zodiac forays amid the bergs, deploying our underwater cameras and exploring with the ROV. Leaving Greenland in our wake, National Geographic Orion heads eastward back across the Denmark Strait to Reykjavik. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: Reykjavik, Iceland/Disembark
Disembark early morning in Reykjavik.
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
Disembark early morning in Reykjavik.
The Greenland ice sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland, is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic ice sheet. Our quest today, weather and ice permitting, is to enter the mouth of Scoresbysund (the planets largest and longest fjord system), or well continue further south to the dramatic east Greenland coast. The region is marked by mountains that rise straight out of the sea, glistening tidewater glaciers and is also a major area to capture the ice calving off from the east side of the Greenland ice cap. Depending on conditions, well use our tools for exploration to the fullest, hiking and taking Zodiac forays amid the bergs, deploying our underwater cameras and exploring with the ROV. Leaving Greenland in our wake, National Geographic Orion heads eastward back across the Denmark Strait to Reykjavik. (B,L,D)
The body of water that separates Iceland from Greenland is the Denmark Strait, where the cold east Greenland current, passing through the Strait, carries the ice south into the North Atlantic. For most of us this will be our first time visiting Greenland, and well have an overview of what to expect for our first landing. Excitement mounts as we steam closer to the edge of the pack-ice. Much of our day is spent alternating between attending presentations in the lounge and time on deck or on the bridge, spotting wildlife. Seabirdsfulmars, kittiwakes, and ternsare common targets for cameras and binoculars, and we may see seals and humpback whales. (B,L,D)
Just south of the Arctic Circle, the Westfjords region is a remote area backed by majestic cliffs. Youll have a choice of activities in the Westfords region, and the option to join the naturalist whose interests mirror yours. Hike with our botanist or birder through a wildflower-filled meadow, kayak quiet coves, or hop aboard a Zodiac. Join a photo hike with our National Geographic photographer and soak up the legendary scenery. (B,L,D)
National Geographic Orion navigates Icelands wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Stop at charming Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the picturesque 19th-century little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. There is deep history here. Flatey lies in the fjord from which Erik the Red sailed westwards in the year 982 A.D. (and eventually settled in southwest Greenland). (B,L,D)
Make your way to Reykjavik. Embark National Geographic Orion. (Aug. 6: L,D)
* = Indicative
Map for Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland
National Geographic Endurance, the ship servicing Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

National Geographic Endurance

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Passenger Capacity: 126

Built: 2018

A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

The luxury of comfort on expedition

National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. 

Comfort & convenience in every room

Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.

Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare. 

Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.

Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity.

Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Explore the wild west coast of Iceland with its towering bird cliffs, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, quiet coves, and majestic waterfalls

Discover Greenlands east coasts ever-changing ice edge and search for the elusive polar bear, plus blue, finback, and pilot whales

Sail into Scoresbysund, ice permitting, the worlds largest and longest fjord system and home to arctic foxes, reindeer, puffins & more

Be welcomed into remote communities and a hunting village to learn about their ways of life in the high Arctic
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